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In Which We Hit It and Quit It

JACKIE BROWN Tarantino's best film. (Search your feelings. You know it to be true.)

JACKIE BROWN Tarantino's best film. (Search your feelings. You know it to be true.)

recommended Clueless
See My, What a Busy Week! Academy Theater.

The Family
Directed by Luc Besson and based on the novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista, this is a very French movie, milking incredibly lazy stereotypes of Americans and plundering already excessively plundered mafia movie tropes. At points, the movie is one of those winking, small-town, fish-out-of-water Euro-comedies; at others, it veers into mob-movie spoof territory. There's a scene where Robert De Niro's character watches GoodFellas, which makes my head explode just thinking about it. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters.

Flash Gordon
Like John Carter, but with Queen! Star Sam J. Jones in attendance. Roseway Theater.

recommended Fruitvale Station
It's a few hours into New Year's Day 2009, and a transit cop stands over 22-year-old Oscar Grant and his friends in the aftermath of a fight on a commuter train. The cops are indelicate, impatient. The men struggle back. Grant, in handcuffs, is dumped onto his stomach. Suddenly, in the chaos, one of the cops fires his gun into Grant's back. The crowd wails at a needless and visceral homicide. The picture fades out. In real life, Grant's death—and the pale justice that followed, with the cop who shot him serving merely 11 months for manslaughter—sparked riots. But it's only then, when we know how Grant's story ends, that Fruitvale Station—a dramatized retelling of the day that preceded Grant's death—can finally begin. DENIS C. THERIAULT Laurelhurst Theater.

Gender Reel Festival
Short films, along with a reading and Q&As, from Gender Reel, a film and performance art fest "dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming, transgender, and queer people." More at inotherwords.org. In Other Words.

recommended Grindhouse Film Festival
See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre.

Herb & Dorothy 50x50
A follow-up to 2008's documentary about art collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, this time focusing on the adorable couple's "50 Works for 50 States" project, "one of the largest philanthropic arts patronage initiatives in our country's history." Whitsell Auditorium.

Ip Man: The Final Fight
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Jackie Brown
"A good cop will never let you know he knows you're full of shit." Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Noir City
See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre.

Occupy Love
Vancouver, BC director Velcrow Ripper's documentary that "connects the dots in our era of rapidly evolving social change." Whitsell Auditorium.

Oregon Independent Film Festival
Eugene's film festival—featuring animation, shorts, documentaries, student films, and more—takes over the Clinton for the weekend. More at cstpdx.com. Clinton Street Theater.

recommended Prisoners
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Rerun Theater
TV clips from the '70s and '80s "showcasing how pop culture perceived punk as it was taking America by storm." Hollywood Theatre.

Salinger
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.

Shiver
"A young secretary in Portland lacking in self-confidence becomes [the] victim of a savage killer." Not screened for critics. Living Room Theaters.

recommended Short Term 12
Our setting: a residential facility for high-risk kids, overseen by a staff not far from childhood themselves. Leading the charge is Grace (Brie Larson), a twentysomething of remarkable passion and self-possession. Helping her is Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), her live-in boyfriend and fellow counselor, who buffers Grace's no-bullshit approach with an avuncular-stoner vibe. From top to bottom, Short Term 12 is laced with moments of deep, messy humanity that will take your breath away. DAVID SCHMADER Various Theaters.

Storm Surfers 3D
See review this issue. Cinema 21.

Thanks for Sharing
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

Thérèse
Oh, the brooding; oh, the inevitability. If you like Madame Bovary and the staring, staring, STARING of Audrey Tatou's eyes, you're going to love this ponderous, beautifully shot French period drama about a stifled but materialistic wife and betrayal. Thérèse is the last film from director Claude Miller (The Accompanist, A Secret), who went to the great beyond last year. It is billed as "an exquisite adaptation of the classic novel by François Mauriac," and while there's nothing new under the sun, Flaubert might feel a little ripped off. There is much Bovarian here—the whole stifled-wife-in-the-countryside thing, the obsession with status, the casual cruelty, the poisoning. Unfortunately, the sex has been extracted except for an implied lesbian longing that involves more of Audrey Tatou staring. And while Audrey Tatou is good at staring—her eyes are like black holes—she cannot convey enough of her character's motivation to keep things interesting. The importance of appearances is everywhere apparent, and Thérèse evinces jealousy and greed, but the assertion that "she thinks too much" and her endless brooding (and smoking, because: France) do not a complicated portrayal make. BETHANY JEAN CLEMENT Living Room Theaters.

Wings
Before you break out your Thomas Haden Church T-shirt, keep in mind that this is actually a screening of 1927's silent film Wings, presented by The Doris Diaries author Julia Park-Tracey. More info: hollywoodtheatre.org. Hollywood Theatre.

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